The Komodo Dragon is the largest living lizard in the world, measuring at an average of 3 meters and weighing at least 150 pounds. Carnivorous and aggressive in their nature, the huge reptiles are native to the islands of Indonesia where they have thrived for millions of years to rule supreme over the animal kingdom.
And a spectacular photography series by wild photographer Andrey Gudkov has captured these terrifying giants in their habitats, as they come head-to-head in an epic blood-battle, heavily reminiscent of the finale scene in Jurassic World. If you haven't seen the dino-epic yet (and why ever not?), relive the pulse-elevating trailer here:
On a mini-scale, the dragons have recreated a battle marathon, lasting two deadly rounds of 30 seconds, as they flex their scaly muscles and sharpen up their fighting skills.
Whilst these lizards do not match up to the height and length of a T-Rex, which comes to around 13 feet long and 40 feet tall respectively, these ancient dragons do have a menacing bite, which secretes a deadly venom teeming with over 50 strains of bacteria. Those bitten usually die of blood poisoning within 24 hours, after being stalked for miles by a patient dragon calmly waiting for the demise of its prey.
And if that doesn't kill the victim, their razor sharp claws and serrated, shark-like teeth certainly will.
So, the fact that these images were taken merely 10 yards away is absolutely incredible! Gudkov was very brave to stay put to witness these two monsters battle it out. He admitted that:
"The dragons were very aggressive. I thought to myself - they might even attack me. [...] That's why I had rangers accompany me, just like a safari in Kenya. It was dangerous.”
The scuffle began when one established older male encountered a younger competitor.
Ultimately however, the larger and older of the dragons dramatically overpowered the other, ending the battle with the two monsters eyeing each other before leaving the spot to perhaps gather strength for another tussle some other time.